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The Profession of Faith




“The flesh is the hinge of salvation” (Tertullian,

De res.

8, 2: PL 2, 852). We believe in God who is creator of the

flesh; we believe in the Word made flesh in order to

redeem the flesh; we believe in the resurrection of the

flesh, the fulfillment of both the creation and the re-

demption of the flesh.


By death the soul is separated from the body, but in

the resurrection God will give incorruptible life to our

body, transformed by reunion with our soul. Just as

Christ is risen and lives for ever, so all of us will rise at

the last day.


“We believe in the true resurrection of this flesh that

we now possess” (Council of Lyons II: DS 854). We

sow a corruptible body in the tomb, but he raises up

an incorruptible body, a “spiritual body” (cf.

1 Cor



As a consequence of original sin, man must suffer

“bodily death, from which man would have been

immune had he not sinned” (


§ 18).


Jesus, the Son of God, freely suffered death for us in

complete and free submission to the will of God, his

Father. By his death he has conquered death, and so

opened the possibility of salvation to all men.